I'm building my first motorized and months behind schedule. Hope to debut this fall. Been running in a walking tank before. Yes, lets hear it for the PUGs. I can play speedball with my cannon against armor on the road. I can lean in and out from behind a tree and fire at a tank and they have very little frontal area to shoot at in response with their cannon.
Walking tank tactics may be different. I'll let you know after I play in my motorized a year or so.
One of the advantages of a walking tank is they don't have to stay on the tank roads. So the AT guys actually have to get some exercise chasing a walking tank down or just sit and wait until I show up at an objective.
It makes it much easier to go with the infantry to an objective on a mission. It is so hard to train the grunts how to work with a tank and run with it as a unit. So it is easier for the walking tank to run with the mission squad. Still, when we reach to objective, the grunts want to tank to go point and they follow up. They should still run with the tank. I clear a bunker, they should move up and occupy it. They should be looking for the AT guys as well as grunts. Hard to get them to do that. They prefer to put down suppressive fire.
Usually, the opposing side is kind enough to let me know if they have AT in their group. If they do, they hold their ground. If they don't, they scatter away with the tank 'magic leaf blower' effect. Getting our grunts to realized that and work at eliminating the AT guys and the objective is usually ours. Their grunts have to run, hide, surrender, or die.
Then there is what I call 'the dance'. The opposing side changes tactics to counter my tank, forcing my tank to change tactics in response to that. And so on and so on throughout the weekend.
For example, the opposing team will realize the walking tank supports every mission, so if they see my tank, they know to follow it to ruin our mission. Guys start screaming for a "Rocket Man" and communicating where the tank is on the field. When my tank draws a bunch of grunts and AT to a mission objective, I need to stop running with missions. Tactically, I can take a small squad and go anywhere else on the field and create as much chaos as possible. Draw defenders away from the mission objective. When they figure it out, I stop seeing AT and infantry to engage us. Ignored. So we go take/blow up enemy HQ to get their attention again OR return to supporting missions. The dance.
If the game is structured where both teams have the same mission (take and hold the fuel depot) They KNOW where to send all their AT guys. I would need to be very defensive if I am in support of the mission OR just go attack their HQ or something.
There are tactics unique to the particular game or producer. Already mentioned is the format where both teams get sent to the same place on the field for a mission.
A tanker should always be looking for an opportunity to 'break the line' of defenders. Usually, there is a lot of real estate behind them with no defenders in it.
Field Control is a tactic that tanks can assist in.
There is a two story bunker at a cross roads of 5 tank roads. It is surrounded by smaller 1-2 bunkers. At that particular field, it is a good tactic for field control to OWN that bunker and the surrounding bunkers with AT in them. It limits armor to their half of the field. Any missions for the opposing side in our half of the field is infantry only. Owning the cross roads is useful for as a forward mission insertion area. Being centrally located, your insertion goes there to reinforce and then be deployed on missions from there OR deployed to intercept and destroy enemy missions in progress. Gives your team a lot of tactical flexibility. Just with field control.
It is so hard to train grunts on the fly. If by some odd chance you have an organized team to train with a tank, you really have a tool to be used to your advantage on the field.
I don't have one, so I am open to hooking up with a local field's team on a regular basis. Retired now and next month is the LAST house payment so I can travel to games. So e mail me if you want me to come to your team and game with all my toys. firstname.lastname@example.org